Peter Law: Why Metronet could be a thorn in the State Government’s side at the next election

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Mark McGowan first spruiked Metronet in 2013 and the promise of an expanded railway helped propel Labor into power four years later, but its delivery now threatens to be a thorn in his side at the 2025 State election.

This week we learnt the Forrestfield Airport Link — announced by the Barnett government in 2013 but rebadged as a Metronet project by Labor — would open on October 9.

Sinkholes, flooded tunnels, safety incidents and disruption to the global supply chain caused by COVID all conspired to push back the completion date for the highly complex build by two years.

But it’s doubtful many of the travellers paying $5 to hitch a ride in two months’ time will give a second thought to its chequered construction history when they arrive at Airport Central.

The new station is a seriously impressive entry statement and one that might even be a source of pride for sandgropers jumping on a plane or returning home.

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